Toyota Pays Dealers Up To $75,000 For Longer Hours

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Detroit (AP) -- Toyota's dealers have started to repair defective gas pedals in millions of U.S. vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled eight vehicles Jan. 21 and stopped selling those vehicles five days later because accelerator pedals could stick.

Toyota is sending dealers a piece of steel about the size of a postage stamp that can be inserted into the accelerator mechanism and eliminate the problem.

Jim White Toyota dealership in Toledo, Ohio, received about 350 steel pieces and began repairs this morning.

Service manager Terry Treter says about 25 cars were fixed by mid-afternoon.

He says the dealership hired three people to handle phone calls and repair scheduling and will add more people if needed.

He also says the dealership will stay open as late as necessary.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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